It was a hot summer afternoon in July, 2004. Bill Carawan, 28, and his two brothers, Len, 20, and Jason, 26, along with a friend, were out for a ride. It was estimated that Bill’s Mustang was going 113 miles per hour when it struck a Toyota driven by Emma Roof, 65, of Kure Beach. She was killed and her husband Ralph was seriously injured. The three passengers in Bill’s car were killed. Superior Court Judge Russell Lanier sentenced Bill to 18 years in jail for causing the needless and tragic death of these four individuals. Bill had a prior record of unsafe driving, but this auto crash did not involve alcohol or drugs. A genuine tradegy for this rural North Carolina community.
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